[[caption-width-right:312: Left to right: Will Champion (drummer), Jonny Buckland (lead guitar), Chris Martin (vocals, piano) and Guy Berryman (bass).]]

-> ''Look at the stars\\
Look how they shine for you\\
And everything you do\\
And it was all yellow''

Coldplay is an acclaimed [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} British]] alternative rock group who, after several low-key releases, hit the big time in 2000 with the single "Yellow". The following album, ''Music/{{Parachutes}}'' (2000), debuted at number 1 in the UK, won a Grammy and has since gone multi-platinum worldwide. The follow-ups, ''Music/ARushOfBloodToTheHead'' (2002), and ''X&Y'' (2005), continued the commercial and critical success -- though they also gave the band a reputation for their songs sounding too similar (the singles "Speed of Sound" and "Clocks" being frequently singled out for comparison).

Their fourth album, ''Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends'' (2008), [[NewSoundAlbum changed this]]. [[RecordProducer Produced]] by Music/BrianEno, it introduced "exotic" instruments such as an OminousPipeOrgan, a Honky-Tonk Piano and elaborate string sections, as well as changing the fundamentals of their sound to include more experimental [[UncommonTime time signatures]] and unusual song structures. Despite the predictable TheyChangedItNowItSucks whining from some fans, it became the most paid-for downloaded album of all time. Music/JoeSatriani sued the group shortly after the album's release, claiming they had plagiarized "substantial original portions" of his song "If I Could Fly" (this was before the song won a Grammy) -- however, this was settled out of court and dropped. Later that year, the EP ''Prospekt's March'' was released, containing additional songs from the album's sessions and a remix involving Music/JayZ.

The band's next album, ''Mylo Xyloto'' (2011), continued the evolution, incorporating electronica elements. While the album was not as well-received by critics as previous efforts, it still charted well and soon went multi-platinum (as usual).

Their sixth album, ''Ghost Stories'', came out in May 2014. While the previous two albums were decidedly LighterAndSofter, given Chris Martin [[CreatorBreakdown divorced shortly before production]], the depression is easy to spot, as the album was grafted into a quasi-ConceptAlbum about emotional recuperation and picking up the pieces after a falling out with a significant other.

The band's latest album, ''A Head Full of Dreams'', was released in December 2015. It looks to be the [[LighterAndSofter complete opposite]] of ''Ghost Stories'', more vibrant, upbeat, and uplifting, with Jonny Buckland even seeing the album as the "night" to ''Ghost Stories''' "day". The album opened to mixed reviews.

The band has also released three {{Live Album}}s -- ''Live 2003'' (from Sydney), ''[=LeftRightLeftRightLeft=]'' (2009), which is [[http://www.coldplay.com/newsdetail.php?id=395 available for free from their website]], and ''Live 2012'', which is also a DVD.

+ Music/{{Radiohead}}
+ Music/{{U2}}
+ Music/JeffBuckley
+ Music/{{Oasis}}
+ Music/{{Travis}}
+ Music/TheBeatles
+ Music/EchoAndTheBunnymen
+ Music/KateBush
+ Music/{{Muse}}
+ Music/JohnnyCash
+ Music/{{Kraftwerk}}
+ Music/{{Blur}}
+ Music/MyBloodyValentine
+ Music/ArcadeFire
+ Music/BrianEno
+ Music/VelvetUnderground

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+ Music/{{Apparatjik}} (Berryman)]

* Chris Martin - The band's leader, and a rather famous celebrity. Serves as the band's lead vocalist, lead pianist, rhythm guitarist (usually an acoustic), and primary songwriter. He was married to Creator/GwynethPaltrow from 2003 to 2014.
* Jonny Buckland - Lead guitarist. Has a recognisable signature minimalist sound, and has been compared to [[Music/{{U2}} The Edge]].
* Guy Berryman - Bassist. He is also a member of the [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent completely different]] supergroup Music/{{Apparatjik}}.
* Will Champion - Drummer. Was sacked early in the band's career, but quickly re-hired (causing Chris to [[CantHoldHisLiquor get himself drunk on Vodka]] as punishment.) Occasionally sings lead vocals.

[[AC:Discography with singles:]]
* 2000 - ''Music/{{Parachutes}}''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpwW4iraV3Q "Shiver"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MwjX4dG72s "Yellow"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHg-PhseKOQ "Trouble"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1horffGyO0 "Don't Panic"]]
* 2002 - ''Music/ARushOfBloodToTheHead''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEoHFzEmld0 "In My Place"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqWLpTKBFcU "The Scientist"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d020hcWA_Wg "Clocks"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9Kcg_8gK30 "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face"]]
* 2005 - ''X&Y''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TahH7B_aUZc "Speed of Sound"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI-o25K6B-E "Fix You"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0uqLM1uj_k "Talk"]] [[note]] the riff was adapted from Music/{{Kraftwerk}}'s "Computer Love" from ''Music/ComputerWorld'' with permission[[/note]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Tp0r9197uo "The Hardest Part"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdD6RMICpfg "What If"]] [[note]]UsefulNotes/{{France}} and UsefulNotes/{{Belgium}} only[[/note]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-CldBQD4S8 "White Shadows"]] [[note]]UsefulNotes/{{Mexico}} only, no music video[[/note]]
* 2008 - ''Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXuKtA6uVtI "Violet Hill"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvgZkm1xWPE&ob=av2e Viva la Vida]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EuTA4jlpWA&ob=av2n Lovers in Japan]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HkjGg_pPJU&ob=av2e Lost!]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3pJZSTQqIg&ob=av2n Strawberry Swing]]
* 2011 - ''Mylo Xyloto''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyMhvkC3A84&ob=av2e Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G4isv_Fylg&ob=av2n Paradise]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTFBJgnNgU4&ob=av2e Charlie Brown]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Uw6ZkbsAH8 Princess Of China]][[note]](ft. {{Music/Rihanna}})[[/note]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8KV0mzqTXY Hurts Like Heaven]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhLJfw3t5hE Up With The Birds]][[note]]no video[[/note]]
* 2014 - ''Ghost Stories''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQeMxWjpr-Y Midnight]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PvBc2TOpE4 Magic]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp7NtW_hKJI A Sky Full Of Stars]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpl_6jotaHA True Love]]
* 2015 - ''A Head Full of Dreams''
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsrpTrQ1x5Y Adventure Of A Lifetime]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YykjpeuMNEk&feature=share Hymn For The Weekend]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPNTC7uZYrI Up&Up]]
* Other singles: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyLO-NtFM_Y&feature=related Brothers & Sisters]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDPjuzzAlB4 Lhuna]][[note]]with Music/KylieMinogue[[/note]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXSovfzyx28&ob=av2e Life In Technicolor II]] (taken from ''Prospekt's March'' - an EP with alternate versions and outtakes out of the ''Viva la Vida'' sessions), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1rYmzQ8C9Q&ob=av2e Christmas Lights]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lh3TokLzzmw Atlas]] (from the soundtrack of ''[[Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire The Hunger Games: Catching Fire]]''), [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYogZ1KER_k Miracles]] (from the soundtrack of ''Unbroken'')

!!''Look at the tropes, look how they shine for you...''

* AdvertisedExtra: {{Music/Tove Lo}} in "Fun". Though given a feature credit, she never sings any lines on her own and is really just a glorified backup singer.
* AlbumSingle: Coldplay's singles include "Yellow," "The Scientist," & "Viva La Vida."
* AlbumTitleDrop: Subverted for the most part. Every album has a TitleTrack, but the only ones to mention the album title are ''A Rush of Blood to the Head'' and ''A Head Full of Dreams''. A partial example is "I don't want to follow [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Death and all of his friends]]".
** "X and Y" is a lyric in "The World Turned Upside Down," [[SubvertedTrope a B-side that isn't on X&Y.]]
* AlienSky: Invoked in "Speed of Sound":
--> ''Look up, I look up at night''\\
''Planets are moving at the speed of light''
* AlwaysABiggerFish: In "Lost!"
-->''You might be a big fish''\\
''In a little pond''\\
''Doesn't mean you've won''\\
'''Cuz along may come''\\
''A bigger one''
* AnimatedMusicVideo:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYtk1Z0UUuE "Strawberry Swing"]], though credit for the idea and execution go to [[http://www.coldplay.com/newsdetail.php?id=448 Shynola]].[[note]]Well, it wasn't technically animated, unless stop-motion with chalk drawings and Chris Martin lying on the ground counts.[[/note]]
** Also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8KV0mzqTXY&feature=branded "Hurts Like Heaven"]].
* AprilFoolsDay: "Coldplay launch their own fragrance, [[http://www.coldplay.com/newsdetail.php?id=618 Angst by Coldplay]]". Also fits under SelfParody and TakeThat (at the critics describing them as [[{{Wangst}} too angsty]]).
* ArcSymbol: Taken UpToEleven in ''Mylo Xyloto''. Every single song [[http://onethirtybpm.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Mylo-Xyloto-Tracklist.png has its own symbol]], some of them obvious but others only understandable in context (e.g. the butterfly representing "Paradise" is mentioned in the lyrics).
* AsTheGoodBookSays: "Viva la Vida" includes biblical references; for one example, the line about pillars of salt and sand references the story of Lot's wife[[note]]Angels told Lot to take his family and flee the sinful city of Sodom and not to look back no matter what. Lotís wife could not resist the temptation to look back and was transformed into a pillar of salt.[[/note]] and the parable of the wise and foolish builders[[note]]The wise builder built his house on the rock, which stayed there, while the foolish builder built his house on sand, which got swept away and felled.[[/note]].
* AudienceParticipationSong: Many, the biggest being "Viva La Vida" ("Whoooooah oh oh oh oh!").
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Will Champion. Hell yeah.
* BackToFront: The music video for "The Scientist" has a reverse narrative, starting at the end of the story and concluding at the beginning with every scene shown backwards.
* BadassBaritone: Chris is a tenor, but on "Yes" he mostly sings in a low baritone voice.
* BadassBeard: Everyone in the band has at least had a stubble at one point in their career, a perfect example being [[http://auto.img.v4.skyrock.net/7654/22857654/pics/2288047893_small_1.jpg this picture]] of all four of them plus Music/BrianEno (who was their producer at the time) from the ''Viva la Vida'' era.
* BaldOfAwesome: Will Champion (sometimes)
* BeingEvilSucks: A common interpretation of "Viva la Vida".
* BigBrotherIsWatchingYou: "Major Minus", based off of the BigBad of the ''Mylo Xyloto'' MythArc who is very much the Big Brother of the story.
-->''[[ParanoiaFuel "They got one eye watching you\\
And one eye on what you do\\
So be careful who it is you're talking to"]]''
* BittersweetEnding: ''Ghost Stories'' seems to end on a note of acceptance from the protagonist in the finale, but in that he'll never forget the good times the relationship brought him.
* BigFriendlyDog: One of them joins the band in the woods in the "Midnight" video.
* {{Bookends}}:
** ''Viva La Vida'':
*** The entirety of the album. "Life in Technicolor" fades into the [[RecurringRiff same series of notes]] that "Death and All His Friends" and the hidden track "The Escapist" fades out on.
*** "42" begins and ends with Chris quietly singing the same lyrics over piano.
--->''Those who are dead are not dead''\\
''They're just living in my head''
** ''Ghost Stories'':
*** The whole album is book-ended by the hidden track "O", which has the same angelic choir as the opening track "Always in My Head".
*** The song "Another's Arms", from the above album, begins and ends with the same lines.
--->''Late night watching TV''\\
''Used to be you here beside me''\\
''Used to be your arms around me''\\
''Your body on my body''
** A minor one on ''A Rush of Blood to the Head''; both the opening and closing tracks ("Politik" and "Amsterdam", respectively) are exactly 5:19. More interestingly, they're both tuned up, with A4 at 448Hz where most music nowadays has A4 at 440Hz.
* BoyBand: When they first started, the group created an alter ego boy band called Pectoralz as a joke. No gigs were performed under the name.
* BreakUpSong: ''Ghost Stories'' is essentially and [[ConceptAlbum conceptually]] a breakup ''album'', considering it was made around the time when Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow divorced.
* CallAndResponseSong: "Adventure of a Lifetime" turns into this in its outro.
* CallBack: "Adventure of a Lifetime" is the band's second video involving animals discovering instruments and playing them after "Paradise" (although the "Paradise" video was just the band members in suits, "Adventure" has motion-capture monkeys).
* TheCameo: [[{{Music/Oasis}} Noel Gallagher]] provides the epic guitar solo on "Up&Up".
* CarefulWithThatAxe: Chris's wailing in the live b-side "Pour Me". It's brief, but incredibly disconcerting.
* CherubicChoir: Used to beautiful effect in "O", with Chris Martin's children providing the vocals.
* ComicBookAdaptation: There is one in development for ''Mylo Xyloto'', scheduled for release in early 2013.
* ConceptAlbum:
** ''Mylo Xyloto'' has [[MythArc one hell of a story]]. It takes place in the [[Creator/GeorgeOrwell Orwellian]] society of [[MeaningfulName Silencia]], run by [[BigBad Major Minus]] [[BigBrotherIsWatchingYou via media and propaganda.]] His goal is [[CrapsackWorld to strip the streets of sound and color]] to drive away creatures named feeders that use such energy to hunt. The two words in the album title are actually two names. Mylo is a silencer tasked in hunting down sparkers such as Xyloto, that create sparks with light and energy. Mylo discovers his sparker powers through Xyloto and his affiliation with [[LaResistance the Car Kids]], a sparker faction founded by Mylo's parents.
** ''Ghost Stories'' is one as well. Taking partial inspiration from Chris' rocky relationship with his wife Gwyneth Paltrow (at least at the time of the album recording), the album revolves around a man going through a dramatic and sudden breakup, with the tracks representing the man's state of mind leading up to his eventual acceptance of the situation.
* ConceptVideo:
** The aforementioned "Strawberry Swing".
** The video for "The Scientist", in that it uses reverse narrative.
** "Hurts Like Heaven" too, and it serves as a prequel to ''Mylo Xyloto'''s ComicBookAdaptation.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Chris Martin tends to get a little wacky in live performances when he's not playing an instrument. Some fans also haven't the slightest idea what the hell he's even talking about in some of his interviews.
* CueTheSun: The UK music video for "Trouble" takes place in a dimly-lit warehouse but ends with a sunrise...[[spoiler:that turns out to be fake and part of a theater backdrop]].
* DarkerAndEdgier:
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gf0njGOJ1o original European music video for "Trouble"]] in comparison to the more well-known one, which has Chris singing while tied to a chair in a dark warehouse juxtaposed with footage of the rest of the band members; to specify, Buckland and Champion forcing Berryman into being tied to a chair of his own.
** ''Ghost Stories'' also counts, as it's much darker than most of ''Mylo Xyloto'' and is [[TearJerker actually kind of depressing]], with a BittersweetEnding to contrast ''Mylo'''s HappyEnding.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The video for "Midnight", which uses both negative and thermal infrared imagery, is entirely in black-and-white except for the final shot.
* DreamTeam:
** Them and Music/{{Rihanna}} on "Princess of China".
** Them and Music/{{Beyonce}} on "Hymn for the Weekend".
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The sound of ''Parachutes'' shifts towards IndieRock at times, and the album as a whole is incredibly soft-spoken compared to its more bombastic, arena rock-y successors.
* EatenAlive: In the music video for "Talk", the band members suffer this fate at the hands of a giant toy robot at the end. Though to be fair, one of the band members stole a knob from the robot.
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: "Life in Technicolor" for ''Viva La Vida''. It originally had lyrics, which were cut out at the last minute. The non-instrumental (but still epic) version was released later as "Life in Technicolor II".
** Inverted with ''Ghost Stories'', which has an Epic Instrumental Closer in the ambient hidden track "O".
* EpicRocking: Subverted. They aren't exactly known for creating overly epic pieces.
** However, most of the tracks from ''A Rush of Blood to the Head'' (and at least two from ''Parachutes'') exceed five minutes in length, with its TitleTrack nearly reaching six.
** B-sides "Gravity" and "Up&Up" have also exceeded six minutes.
** The "Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love" medley is almost seven (whereas "Chinese Sleep Chant" and "The Escapist", as hidden tracks, are considered separate to "Yes" and "Death and All His Friends" respectively).
** Live renditions get similar treatment, with the ''Live 2012'' version of "Yellow" falling just behind the seven-minute mark and certain songs from ''Live 2003'' extending a minute longer than their original studio recordings.
* EtherealChoir:
** The strange child-like noises during the beginning, bridge and end of ''Charlie Brown'' can be this. Doubles as CreepyChildrenSinging.
** The angelic choir that appears in the [[BookEnds first track and hidden finale of]] ''Ghost Stories''; the album's finale also features Chris Martin's own children singing to this effect.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: The video for "Adventure of a Lifetime" stars a group of motion-capture monkeys discovering a speaker playing the song, and subsequently singing and dancing.
* EvilBrunetteTwin: Used in the music video for "Magic". Chris Martin not only plays the hero, but also the villain, a mix of StageMagician and DastardlyWhiplash.
* ExcitedShowTitle: Applies to the song "Lost!". All of its remixed versions are characterized by the exclamation mark at the end being eschewed for a different symbol (a question mark, an at sign, and a plus).
* FadingIntoTheNextSong:
** Happens quite a bit in ''Mylo Xyloto'' [[note]]"Mylo Xyloto" transitions into "Hurts Like Heaven," "M.M.I.X." transitions into "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall," "U.F.O." transitions into "Princess of China," and "A Hopeful Transition" transitions into "Don't Let It Break Your Heart," which then transitions into "Up With the Birds" [[/note]]. It is a ConceptAlbum, after all.
** Very subtle but still there: If you listen closely during the very last few seconds of "Viva La Vida", you can hear the intro of "Violet Hill" start up before the track truly ends. Also happens with "Life in Technicolor" into "Cemeteries of London".
** "White Shadows" into "Fix You" on ''X&Y''.
* FilkSong: In a PlayedForLaughs example, Red Nose Day [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs7xO5P3Az4 inspired the band to do]] ''Series/GameOfThrones: TheMusical''.
* FollowTheLeader: As Music/MitchBenn said, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsNqNbPraqI Everything sounds like Coldplay now]]".
* GratuitousPanning: The opening guitar of "Warning Sign" is panned to the right.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: [[HoYay Chris and Jonny]]. The entire band, to a lesser extent.
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: At the end of "Don't Let It Break Your Heart".
* HiddenTrack:
** "Life is for Living" on ''Parachutes''.
** "Til Kingdom Come" on ''X&Y''.
** "The Escapist" and "Chinese Sleep Chant" on ''Viva la Vida''.
** ''Ghost Stories'' has a [[PlayingWithATrope really weird]] example. The ninth and final track on the album's tracklist is listed as "O," despite the fact that the first song that plays is actually titled "Fly On." "O" is, in fact, the hidden track that plays about two minutes after "Fly On" ends.
** "X Marks The Spot" on ''A Head Full Of Dreams''.
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: The protagonist of "Viva la Vida" is a king that once had everything but now has nothing as he looks back on his reign and laments his fate.
--> I used to roll the dice\\
Feel the fear in my enemies' eyes\\
Listen as the crowd would sing\\
"Now the old King is dead, long live the King!"\\
One minute I held the key\\
Next the walls were closed on me\\
And I discovered that my castles stand\\
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand
* IncrediblyLamePun: Expect Chris Martin to make ''many'' of these about a certain color whenever "Yellow" is brought up in an interview.
* IndecipherableLyrics: The hidden track to "Yes", called "Chinese Sleep Chant".
* IntercourseWithYou:
** "Yes" (the first part) can easily be interpreted as this.
** The track "Another's Arms" off of ''Ghost Stories'' has some pretty sexual lyrics as well.
* KnifeThrowingAct: In the music video for "Magic", this is featured. In the extended edition of the video, Chris Martin's character is stabbed through the heart. Luckily for him, this is [[AllJustADream only a dream]].
* KnightInSourArmor: "Don't Panic" seems to be sung from the perspective of one; the narrator spends the song lamenting about the Earth being destroyed by either an apocalypse or the human race's own negligence, sarcastically notes in the chorus that "we live in a beautiful world", but ends the song with something of a change of heart, stating that everyone has a loved one they can hold onto.
* LineOfSightName: Before the band became famous, Chris had a song in mind that began like this: "Look at the stars/Look how they shine for you/And all the things you do." Unfortunately, at the end of every few lines, he drew a blank where he felt some lyrics should go. While singing the unfinished song to a dart-playing Jonny Buckland, he noticed a copy of the Yellow Pages off to the side. You can probably figure out the rest from there.
* LightIsGood: The band performs at night in front of a glowing wall of colored lights in the "Speed of Sound" video.
* LonelyPianoPiece: "Fly On" is a straight example, while "Amsterdam" starts off as this but turns into a rock song near the end.
* LongRunnerLineUp: Twenty-one years and counting.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: "A Rush of Blood to the Head" is about the narrator burning a building to the ground to try to get his lover back. Doubles as ThroughTheEyesOfMadness.
** Some thought of it more like [[Film/ForrestGump Forrest demolishing the house Jenny grew up in.]]
--> ''I'm going to buy this place and see it burn''
--> ''Do back the things it did to you in return''
* LyricalDissonance:
** "42". At least, the jaunty part in the middle.
-->''You didn't get to heaven, but you made it close!''
** "Shiver". It's strongly implied that the song's protagonist is [[StalkerWithACrush following his love around]], trying to keep her from freaking out.
** And of course, the song [[BeingEvilSucks "Viva la]] [[ICouldaBeenAContender Vida"]]. The lyrics are ''not'' as happy as the melody suggests.
** "Don't Panic". A gentle, lovely melody about the fact that people are slowly killing the world. The music video makes it a little more obvious.
* MagiciansAreWizards: Invoked in "Magic."
%%* MeasuringTheMarigolds: "The Scientist".
* MinisculeRocking: Happens on several albums, both as standalone songs (such as the title track on ''Parachutes'' and Chris' piano solo "Postcards from Far Away" on ''Prospekt's March'') and ambient interludes (the title track, "M.M.I.X." and "A Hopeful Transmission" on ''Mylo Xyloto'').
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: They are around a 2, sometimes dropping down to 1 and going up to 3. They very rarely go beyond a 3. However, songs like "1.36" and "Chinese Sleep Chant" arguably reach a 5.
* {{Mondegreen}}: A fairly amusing one in "Viva la Vida".
-->I used to roll the dice\\
Feel the fear in my enemy's ass
* MythArc: ''Mylo Xyloto'' has one. See ConceptAlbum.
* NewSoundAlbum: From indie darlings to big arena rock band, and then from that to artsy-fartsy Middle Eastern strings and [[UncommonTime 7/4 time signatures]].
** ''Mylo Xyloto'' is a mashup of all of their older styles, ranging from catchy electronica ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Kf_6BWcOOg "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall"]]) to ''Parachutes''-esque ballads ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjONy_4Bz08 "Us Against The World")]] to epic arena rock ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0U0KpuvUNw "Charlie Brown"]]).
** ''Ghost Stories'' ranged between ambient music ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQeMxWjpr-Y "Midnight"]], [[https://youtu.be/J-6IUdV2dos?t=6m18s "O"]]), piano ballads ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ap-HeMIKi-c "Fly On"]]), more electronically-rooted music almost like trip-hop ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7Ob2ltW_wM "Another's Arms"]]), and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers EDM]] ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPRjCeoBqrI "A Sky Full of Stars"]]). Produced by Avicii, no less.
* NonAppearingTitle: "Viva la Vida", "Midnight", "Princess of China", "The Scientist", "Hymn for the Weekend", and others.
%%* OdeToYouth: "Viva la Vida".
* OneManBand: Each band member plays one of them in the video for "A Sky Full of Stars".
* ThePowerOfLove: The narrator of "Amsterdam" feels like their life is in a downward spiral, but finds solace in a lover that's able to help them out of their hole.
* ProductPlacement: The Beats Pill in the music video for "Adventure of a Lifetime".
* ProtestSong: "Violet Hill", which also offers a bit of a TakeThat with the line "And a [[Creator/FoxNewsChannel fox]] became God".
* RearrangeTheSong: "Lost!" got rearranged three times: an acoustic version ("Lost?"), a live performance ("Lost@"), and a remixed version featuring a verse from Music/JayZ ("Lost+").
* RecordProducer: They drafted in the godfather of ambient music and all-around awesome guy Music/BrianEno for ''Viva La Vida''. It shows.
** Before, Ken Nelson co-produced the first two albums and four tracks of the third.
* RecycledLyrics: "If you never try, then you'll never know" appears twice on the same album, ''X&Y'', in both "Speed of Sound" and "Fix You".
* RewindGag: The video for "The Scientist" plays backwards from Chris lying on a mattress on a random British street, him walking through the countryside, him getting up and walking after a massive car crash (that killed the girl he was driving with and sent said car down a hill) leaves him uninjured, the crash itself, and the events up to it, leaving him back in the car on the road with the girl buckled up properly (she had unbuckled before the crash, and was through through the windshield during it).
%%* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The TitleTrack of ''Music/ARushOfBloodToTheHead'' is slightly vague in meaning, but seems to be about doing one of these on the behalf of your loved one.
* RockOpera: ''Mylo Xyloto'' is one - the story of two people (Mylo and Xyloto) who are "living in an oppressive, dystopian urban environment" meeting and falling in love. And yes, it has a happy ending.
** ''Mylo Xyloto'' is less of a rock opera and more of a nuanced story, with some basic, traceable things throughout. It really doesn't live up to the "concept album" standard set by [[Music/PinkFloyd a certain English band]].
* RecurringRiff: The beginning of "Life in Technicolor" and the entirety of "The Escapist" is the same series of notes. [[BookEnds These tracks happen to be at the start and end of]] ''[[BookEnds Viva La Vida]]'', [[BookEnds respectively]].
* RefrainFromAssuming:
** "Adventure of a Lifetime" has commonly been referred to as "Turn Your Magic On", a line used in the verses and bridge, as well as "Alive Again", due to it being the main line of the chorus (the actual title [[NonAppearingTitle is never said in the song]]).
** "Viva La Vida" doesn't include its title in its lyrics either, or even particularly suit the vibe its title gives, but has several title-esque lines in it, such as "When I Ruled The World".
** "The Scientist" also has a NonAppearingTitle, causing some people to think it's called one of the lines most emphasized in the lyrics, such as "Back To The Start", "Nobody Said It Was Easy", "Come Up To Meet You", etc. This was not aided when Evil Activities sampled The Scientist in a song and actually ''did'' call it "Nobody Said It Was Easy".
* SelfParody:
** The music video for "Life in Technicolor II". It is a rock concert, complete with pyrotechnics. It's also a [[SubvertedKidsShow puppet show]].
** Chris Martin's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bfg8AgAdqaw guest role]] in an episode of ''{{Series/Extras}}'' Chris Martin appears to film a charity appeal video together with Andy, but the only thing he's interested in is promoting the 'Coldplay Greatest Hits Album'.
*** Additionally, in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DlvxYmBHYo an interview with Ricky Gervais]], Chris acts like the complete douchebag some people believe him to be.
** Chris and Jonny's appearance towards the end of ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead''.
** The aforementioned "Angst by Coldplay" advertisement...for such an earnest band, they like this trope a ''lot''.
* SerkisFolk: Coldplay in the video for "Adventure of a Lifetime", where they are depicted as monkeys.
* SillyLoveSongs: "A sky full of stars" and Magic are two examples-
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: This is the key thing that distinguishes them from the musically similar Music/{{Radiohead}}. While Radiohead falls more on the "Cynical" side, Coldplay falls more on the "Idealistic" side. Thus, throughout their career, they have been branded a LighterAndSofter alternative to the mostly grim Radiohead.
* ShoutOut:
** From "1.36": "[[Music/TheSmiths How soon is now?]]/Yeah, how long is never?"
** At [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SyfRJdG3pA this]] performance of "Clocks" in Paris, around the 3:00 mark, Chris sings a snippet of "Madness", the then-most-recent single from {{Music/Muse}}.
** "Us Against the World" references the gospel hymn "When the Saints Go Marching In".
** They've made several references to ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''; ''Parachutes'' had a song called "Don't Panic", and ''Viva La Vida'' had a song called "42".
* SomethingAboutARose: The end of the music video for "Viva La Vida" ends with the four band members turning into rose petals.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: "Chinese Sleep Chant" is straight up shoegazing, complete with breathy vocals.
* StudioChatter:
** A notable bit at the beginning of "Strawberry Swing".
** If you listen closely, you can hear some towards the beginning of the build-up into the distorted riff on "42".
* SurrealMusicVideo:
** The video for "Paradise", which has Chris in an elephant suit escaping a zoo in London, trying to hitchhike his way to another country, stowing away inside a suitcase to South Africa, getting enough money to buy a unicycle, and finding the rest of Coldplay off the side of the road who are also wearing elephant suits. And then they all play together in elephant suits. After that, it cuts to footage of the band in an ''actual'' live concert playing while wearing the elephant heads and hands. [[FlatWhat What.]]
** Taken UpToEleven with the video for "Up&Up", where they take the whole surreal factor to a whole another level, which includes Chris Martin and the band being absolute giants and lying on mountains and islands, a football match being played on a sponge, a volcano spewing popcorn, a boat travelling over New York, a plane dropping the solar system via parachute, horses galloping on water, a butterfly lying on a oil rig, dolphins swimming while a city is upside down above them, a man sunbathing on the moon, a turtle swimming in a New York subway station, two skaters skating on the second stage of a Saturn V rocket, a diver diving 30,000 feet in the bloody air, skiers skiing on a bed pillow, two planes flying either up or down with mountains above them and water below them, a man ironing on top of clouds, cars racing on the rings of Saturn, seals flying over New York, divers diving sideways off a building while walking sidways and a kid on a swing that is being suspended from ''the International Space Station''! [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs Were they high when they made this, or something?]]
** The video for "The Scientist" has a very unorthodox storytelling style: ''[[BackToFront it's entirely in reverse]]'', and tells a story in backwards order. Throughout the video, Chris is shown singing the lyrics properly in the reversed footage; it reportedly took him a month to learn the song backwards.
** The video for "Midnight" was filmed entirely (save for the ending) using a thermal infrared camera with negative imagery with a whole slew of visual effects on top of that.
* TakeThat: When Chris Martin made an appearance at the 12.12.12 benefit concert, he opened a rendition of "[[Music/{{REM}} Losing My Religion]]" (with Michael Stipe on lead vocals) with this brilliant line:
-->"I know you guys wanted Music/OneDirection, but it's way past their bedtime, so instead, you get 1/4 of Coldplay!"
* TalkieBits: American poet Coleman Barks recites part of a poem called "The Guesthouse" on "Kaleidoscope", followed by Barack Obama singing "Amazing Grace".
* TextlessAlbumCover: ''A Rush of Blood to the Head''.
** Honorable mention to ''X&Y'', which is written [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baudot_code in a code]] (the back card has the band and album name, still).
* TitleTrack: Every album thus far has had one; two in the case of ''Viva la Vida''.
** ''Ghost Stories'' is an interesting case, considering that its title track, "Ghost Story", was a bonus track from the Target release of the album, as well as a b-side to "A Sky Full of Stars".
* UncommonTime: The last part of "Death & All His Friends" and the chorus of "Glass of Water" are in 7/8. "Yes" also has some instrumental parts that bounce between time signatures and call to mind [[Music/{{Yes}} the band of the same name]].
** "Kaleidoscope" and "A L I E N S" are in 5/4.
* WhatIf: In "Princess of China", the narrator and his ex wonder what would have happened if they had stayed together.
* WordPureeTitle: ''Mylo Xyloto''.
* WordSaladLyrics: Most of their songs have vague-ish meanings, so when they want to get ''really'' cryptic, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmej-clcqA4 this]] tends to happen.
-->[[color:white: Now I never meant to do you wrong, that's what I came here to say.]]
-->[[color:white: But if I was wrong then I'm sorry, I don't let it stand in our way.]]
-->[[color:white: As my head just aches when I think of, the things that I shouldn't have done.]]
-->[[color:white: But, [[HiddenTrack life is for living]], we all know, and I don't wanna live it alone.]]